YAKIMA, WA. - Yakima County prosecutors say they will ask an appeals court to repeal their own plea deal with a man previously accused of a triple homicide.
A Yakima County judge sentenced 31-year-old Kevin Harper to 9 years and 8 months in jail on Tuesday. Harper will spend just over seven years in prison however, because he has already served two.
After missteps by investigators and prosecutors one year ago, Harper and his lawyers agreed to a controversial plea deal, where the seven-time convicted felon pleaded guilty to possession of a pistol, stolen from the Goggin's West Valley home.
In exchange, prosecutors dropped the aggravated murder charges against him.
Harper was the prime suspect in the February 2011 beating deaths of Bill and Pauline Goggin and his 98-year-old mother, Bettye, during a burglary at their home near Yakima.
Many people living in Yakima view the deal with Kevin Harper as a miscarriage of justice.